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Mariam Kamara and Sir David Adjaye in conversation

25 November 18:30 - 20:00
Venue: Royal Academy of Arts, The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre
Burlington House

Join Mariam Kamara, founder of atelier masomi in Niger, for a conversation with her Rolex Mentor, Sir David Adjaye OBE RA, chaired by Tim Marlow.


Mariam Kamara, founder of atelier masomi in Niger, will present the plans for her first major building project in Niger – a library and arts centre – in this conversation with her Rolex Mentor, Sir David Adjaye OBE RA. The conversation will be chaired by Tim Marlow, the Royal Academy’s Artistic Director.


Mariam Kamara’s work is guided by the belief that architects have a responsibility to invent spaces with the power to elevate, dignify and improve the quality of life of its inhabitants. Her practice, atelier masomi, regularly collaborates with local teams of engineers, masons and other craftsmen to produce simple projects that respond to the needs they identify on the ground, harnessing both local materials and skills.


Sir David Adjaye has won international acclaim for his ambitious designs and innovative use of materials in projects that display a high degree of awareness of the social purpose of architecture and the ways in which it can positively contribute to issues prevalent in contemporary society.


Adjaye and Kamara are joined by a shared passion to rethink contemporary architecture on the African continent. They are consistently looking for ways to make the future take shape in areas that often lack in both skills and confidence.


Sir David Adjaye is the 2018/2019 Rolex Mentor in Architecture. Mariam Kamara is his Rolex Protégée and a finalist for the 2019 Royal Academy Dorfman Award.